The big 1,000 revealed at Angus Archives

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ANGUS Archives has reached a new milestone as it takes the thousandth donated artefact into its collection.

The archive collection began in 1989 with the first item donated. Item MS1 was the diary collection of Margaret Forrest Mill of Montrose (1915-1919).

This month, Angus Archives collection reached MS 1,000. This milestone number is occupied by a collection of Arbroath and district legal documents and papers dating from the late medieval period to the Georgian era.

The documents are mainly writs dealing with land in Arbroath and nearby, including a large series dealing with the extensive lands of Lochlands sold off by Provost Charles Allan’s trustees in 1820.

Many other familiar Arbroath names appear in the documents, including the Philip family of Almerieclose and the Almonary lands of the Abbey; John Fraser; the Corsar family; Lyell of Gardyne; Pierson of Balmadies and the estate of Lawton which was once owned by Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield. The properties represented by these writs relate to the oldest part of the town, including a place named Haggis yard.

The collection requires detailed work to establish how many of the papers link together. As the archives team makes further progress with the collection, they will report findings. So far, the team has come across many vellum charters with seals attached, including a large royal seal of King Charles II.

The archives team welcomes input from any Arbroath historians who would like to assist in the understanding of this collection.

To view this material, and other archival gems, visit the Angus Archives today (Friday) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during Doors Open Day in Angus. Staff will offer guided walks of Restenneth Priory, tours of the archive store and a chance to view some rare old documents.

Refreshments will be available. For further details call 01307 468644 or e-mail